“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Some of the most important work done in the fight to end hunger is performed by volunteers. We simply could never afford to support 1.5 million New Yorkers without the generosity of time and talent offered by so many New Yorkers. Volunteers are needed throughout the year in morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Some of the important jobs include ensuring food doesn’t go to waste, packing meals for our campus pantries, helping seniors at our Harlem site, and ensuring a clean, healthy environment for the many New Yorkers turning to us daily for help. Whether you serve solo, as apart of a group, or as a family, there are many ways for you to make an impact. Here are a few of our ongoing and seasonal opportunities below. We look forward to your serving with us soon and often.
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Welcome to Summer!
We are so excited to have you join us to serve our amazing clients this summer. As the weather gets warmer, please keep the following dress code in mind for your safety in our facilities:
Closed-toed shoes and shirts with sleeves are REQUIRED. No tank tops. Short or long sleeves only.
Long pants or skirts at or below the knee required.
We have a restroom where you can change your attire if needed. Looking forward to serving with you all summer long!
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!
Every week, Food Bank garners the help of about 800 volunteers at our Community Kitchen and Pantry, Food Distribution Warehouse, public school pantries, member agencies, tax program sites, and at special volunteer initiatives. We would not be able to meet our mission of ending food insecurity without these amazing individuals!
Students, retirees, corporate groups, and many others have played a vital role in our fight against hunger. We are so grateful! With the help of our devoted volunteers, we have been able to put 62.5 million free meals per year back into the community!
All month long, Food Bank will be highlighting our amazing volunteers on social media using the hashtag #VolunteerAppreciationMonth. Celebrate with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!
Contact us to learn how to sign up for one of our seasonal volunteer opportunities.
Holidays are especially busy for us. Join us at special projects during these times.
Help Our annual MLK Weekend of Service honors Dr. King’s commitment to service.
Recruitment starts in Sept.
Help unload food from our trucks and set up a pantry on campus for families to visit.
Recruitment starts in Sept.
Individuals and groups are welcome to help distribute produce from New York State farmers.
Recruitment starts in June
As a tax preparer, connect your neighbors to much-needed and rightfully earned tax credits & returns.
Recruitment starts in Nov.
Food Bank’s Signature Custom Service Project, FoodBank2Go, designs and tailors meal-packing projects* to fit your organization’s needs and delivers the packed boxes to clients within hours of assembly.
Contact us to get started!
*Note: customized projects include a sponsorship fee.
Need a Customized Volunteer Experience for your Group?
Organizations can partner with Food Bank’s Volunteer Engagement team to describe their ideal volunteer experience and Food Bank will design and deliver a custom opportunity to a location of your choice. NOTE: Customized projects include a sponsorship fee. If you have no/limited budget, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.